Tag: Mac

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Five new Mac models pop up in regulatory documents, suggesting imminent release

An international regulator is showing five unannounced Apple Mac models running macOS Big Sur, although unusually, the new listing also includes multiple Macs and iOS devices that have previously been registered.

Four new entries in the Eurasian Economic Commission’s regulatory database together list a total of 64 Apple devices — though only five have not appeared before. It’s unusual to see so many re-listings, and the EEC database does not explain them, but the new devices are required to be listed before they can go on sale.

All five of the entirely new entries are Macs listed, in translation, as “personal computers of the Apple trademark, and spare parts for it.” They are running “macOS software version 11.0.” These new devices have the model numbers A2348, A2438, A2439, A2337, and A2338.

Also listed and not yet released are Macs with macOS Big Sur model numbers A2147, A2158, and A2182. These three were previously listed on the EEC database in June 2019.

Given that this original date comes before the release of macOS Catalina, it’s possible that the re-listings are all to do with the devices now being registered as coming with macOS Big Sur installed.

Extract from the EEC database showing four new sections, each containing very many repeat listings —  but some new Macs

Extract from the EEC database showing four new sections, each containing very many repeat listings — but some new Macs

Similarly, the EEC database shows 39 iOS devices as being new, but all are either existing devices or if they are yet to be released, have previously been listed. The nine iOS devices that have yet to be released were all listed in June 2020.

It’s likely that these refreshed iOS listings are in reality for the “iPhone 12” range that is expected to be launched at Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event. The timing of the re-listing is likely to be coincidence, however, and there is

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Apple’s Mac sees strong growth amid coronavirus-fueled PC market boom

Apple’s Mac segment grew nearly 39% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2020 amid double-digit growth across the broader PC market.

As consumers and businesses switch to remote education and work during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, research firm IDC estimates that global PC shipments grew 14.6% in Q3 2020 and reached 81.3 million units shipped.

The research firm also estimates that Apple shipped 6.89 million macOS devices during the quarter, up from 4.59 million units in the year-ago quarter. That represents year-over-year growth of 38.9%, IDC’s estimates show.

“Consumer demand and institutional demand approached record levels in some cases,” IDC Research Manager Jitesh

Ubrani said. “Had the market not been hampered by component shortages, notebook shipments would have soared even higher during the third quarter as market appetite was yet unsatiated.”

Apple’s market share also grew slightly during the same period. In Q3 2020, Apple had an 8.5% share of the market, up from 7% in Q3 2019. Apple ranks as the fourth largest PC maker, behind Lenovo, HP and Dell but ahead of Acer.

IDC estimates that Lenovo shipped 19.2 million units in Q3 2020; HP shipped 18.6 million units; Dell shipped 11.9 million units; and Acer, in fifth place, shipped 6 million units.

Growth was similar across most markets in region, with strong single-digit growth in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. In Latin America, the traditional PC market posted double-digit growth for the first time in five years.

In the U.S., the traditional PC market saw an “extraordinary quarter posing strong double-digit shipment growth” fueled by stay-at-home orders and inventory replenishment. But while notebooks saw their shipments strengthened, the desktop market declined slightly year-over-year.

Throughout the quarter, IDC suggests that shortages of critical components led to a backlog of orders and a “missed opportunity” for many

12
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Apple May Delay First Mac Computer With Own Silicon Processor

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is working on a Mac that’s powered by in-house silicon
  • The first Mac of this kind will not be launched this month, a report claims
  • The device will be announced during another event in November

It’s not a secret that Apple is working on a Mac that runs on the company’s own silicon. The first device of this kind, however, might not be announced alongside the new iPhones that will be revealed in the Apple event set for Tuesday, a report said.

Apple previously said that it will transition its Macs from Intel chips to in-house silicon. At the time, the company said that it will be able to release the first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of the year. A report from Bloomberg, however, said that those who are looking forward to seeing the device during the upcoming Apple event will have to wait a bit more before it gets launched.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will not be launching the first Mac with Apple silicon alongside the new iPhone 12 series.

“The first Mac laptop with Apple’s own processor, among other products, will emerge at another launch in November,” he wrote.

13-inch MacBook Pro 13-inch MacBook Pro Photo: Apple

Launching later

Gurman, who has a noteworthy 87.8% accuracy rating in terms of Apple leaks and predictions (per AppleTrack), didn’t provide an explanation as to why the Cupertino tech giant will not unveil the new Apple silicon-powered Mac this month.

He did, however, indicate that the upcoming iPhone 12 series unveiling will be the company’s “most important product launch” this year. This could explain why the new Mac with in-house silicon will not be announced alongside the new iPhones.

New devices

Apple will be unveiling on Tuesday “the widest array of new iPhones that Apple has

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Baldur’s Gate 3 Surprise-Releasing For Mac On Early Access Launch Day

The next entry in the Baldur’s Gate series, Baldur’s Gate III, launches in early access on October 6 on Steam, GOG, and Stadia. Developer Larian Studios provided a surprise announcement for Apple users of the game: Baldur’s Gate III also launches on October 6 for Mac in addition to the previously announced PC and Stadia version.

Baldur’s Gate III will be available on Mac via Steam and unlocks at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. The same unlock time applies to Baldur’s Gate III on the aforementioned platforms as well. It costs $60 and the price will not change as it eventually leaves this early stage. How long Baldur’s Gate III will be in early access is unknown, but Larian estimates “at least one year.”

Alongside announcing that Baldur’s Gate III launches on Mac the same day as it drops on other PC platforms and Stadia, Larian shared the official system requirements for Apple’s computers. On top of requiring at least 150 GB of hard drive space, Mac players will need either 8 GB of memory for minimum or 16 GB for recommended settings. Check out the full Mac system requirements below.

Baldur’s Gate Mac System Requirements

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: macOS 10.15.6
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon460 4GB or Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: For example: MacBook Pro 15 inch 2016, MacBook Pro 13 inch 2018

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: macOS 10.15.7
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: For example: MacBook Pro 15 inch 2019 and up, MacBook Pro 16 inch, iMac from 2017

In

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Mac with T2 Security Chip required to play 4K Netflix streams in macOS Big Sur

Those looking forward to streaming Netflix content in 4K HDR with the upcoming macOS Big Sur operating system will need a Mac with Apple’s T2 Security Chip, limiting the feature to recently released hardware.

Netflix recently updated a Help Center webpage with new guidance on viewing 4K HDR content in Safari on macOS Big Sur, noting both operating system and hardware requirements, reports Apple Terminal.

According to the support document only “[s]elect 2018 or later Mac computer[s] with an Apple T2 Security chip” are compatible with Ultra HD streaming. Further, all external monitors must feature 60Hz 4K capabilities and an HDCP 2.2 compliant connection.

Netflix fails to explain why Macs need a T2 chip to play back 4K HDR streams when comparable Windows machines do not. The chip does integrate a number of critical controllers like the system’s image signal processor and audio controller, which have been proven to lend a moderate boost to video encoding. It is possible that Netflix simply added the T2 requirement to ensure subscribers are using modern Macs with current graphics components.

Apple in a Support Document notes HDR video playback is limited to 2018 or later MacBook Pro models, 2018 or later MacBook Air models, the 2020 iMac, iMac Pro, 2018 Mac mini and Mac Pro, with 4K restricted to iMac and iMac Pro variants. T2 chip requirements are not mentioned.

Safari in Big Sur’s forthcoming compatibility with Netflix Ultra HD content was first spotted in June, early in the beta testing period. At the time, testers discovered the web browser enables 4K video streams encoded using the HEVC codec.

Apple is expected to debut macOS Big Sur in the coming weeks.

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